While the structures we have in place have delivered a range of waste and recycling services that are consistently well rated by the community, if we are to reach the State’s target of halving our waste to landfill and provide the modern infrastructure needed to deal with expected waste generation, then it is critical that a more co-ordinated approach is agreed and delivered.
This recommendation for an independent waste authority comprises a key part of the waste management model developed by the WA Local Government Association’s Waste Vision Workshop Group and it was recently endorsed by the sector.
An independent statutory body overseeing an integrated system will be able to achieve much more than the present system, such as aggregating recycling activities to be able to negotiate better outcomes in commercial markets for recycled products.
The Waste Vision sets out to achieve the State’s waste strategy of reducing municipal waste to landfill by half by 2015 and 65 per cent by 2020 and therefore presents a wonderful opportunity for the State Government to work in collaboration with local government and set a new benchmark for an efficient and effective waste management system in Perth.
Other recommendations include consolidation of regional councils with improved governance and greater direction, as well as co-ordination of research on waste-related technology and public education campaigns.
The model focuses on the key aspects required to deal with municipal waste for the future, with an integrated approach required to meet the Perth region’s needs and we will be promoting this Vision in forthcoming meetings with the Minister for Environment and the waste authority.